Mileage may vary on this kind of thing, but I think even for a film that is so cynically just “Die Hard in the White House” this looks kind of cheap and thin. Nothing against Gerard Butler doing his John McClane thing and Morgan Freeman cutting his check and Aaron Eckhart being white, but a fight scene in an unlit oval office with some CGI plane explosions over DC doesn’t cut it. This is Olympus Has Fallen from Antoine Fuqua, and it hits on March 22nd.
We’ve got a second chance for this kind of movie with White House Down later this year, which stars Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, and has Roland Emmerich behind it- perhaps the man responsible for destroying the White House more than any other human being. Hopefully slow and steady will win this race. We’ll keep an eye peeled for that trailer.